Diverse Book of the Month: The Vision Behind the Reviews

In just a couple hours, my new monthly book review feature will be going live! Before it starts, I just want to clarify a couple of things about the format and the mission of the reviews. The books I read and review will be chosen based on the authors who write them and the topics… Continue reading Diverse Book of the Month: The Vision Behind the Reviews

Do What You Love: Common Myths About English Degrees

(Fair warning: There is some, er… okay, lots of swearing in this post.) Today I woke up, checked Twitter, and found that my feed was filled with angry readers, writers, employers, and current and former English majors responding to a certain famous author’s suggestion that English degrees are worthless. And I got mad too, because what… Continue reading Do What You Love: Common Myths About English Degrees

Lee Ann (Re)reads: Castle Waiting Volumes 1 & 2

I just recently finished rereading both volumes of Castle Waiting by Linda Medley for the second time. But I’ve never sat down to write an actual review of it, so that is what I’m doing now because it deserves it. On a whim, I originally checked these graphic novels out of the Canisius College library where,… Continue reading Lee Ann (Re)reads: Castle Waiting Volumes 1 & 2

In Defense of the Genre(s): A Word of Advice for Incoming Writing Students

I admit it: I am an awful blogger. I’ve been terribly inactive and I have all of zero ideas when it comes to topics I can write about here at The Sword and the Keyboard. I know it’s probably just laziness on my part, and maybe a little bit of fear because it’s intimidating having… Continue reading In Defense of the Genre(s): A Word of Advice for Incoming Writing Students

Quadrangle #63 Unveiling: A New Experience

I’ve been relatively quiet on this blog for several days straight, mainly because I’m still new to blogging about writing and new to sharing work and whatnot on the internet. Also because I’ve been bustin’ my butt working through several drafts of a short story that I have to submit as a part of my… Continue reading Quadrangle #63 Unveiling: A New Experience

Terribly Female: Religion, Femininity, and Power in Narnia and Tir na mBan

For my first writing piece, I would like to share my English Honors thesis, which I submitted for review in the Fall 2014 semester. In the essay, I explore gender and power in C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia and compare it to those within Elizabeth Cunningham’s Magdalen Rising: The Beginning. I had so much… Continue reading Terribly Female: Religion, Femininity, and Power in Narnia and Tir na mBan